According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, the Indianapolis Colts are among the pro teams that have met (will meet) virtually with Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz in anticipation of the 2021 NFL Draft:
#Auburn WR Anthony Schwartz has the deep speed (former track star) to take the top off the defense. A versatile WR that can play both inside/outside.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) February 28, 2021
He has met/will meet virtually with the #Patriots, #Seahawks, #Steelers, #Jets, #Chargers, #Colts, #Saints and #Titans.
The 6’0”, 179 pound wide receiver recorded 54 receptions for 636 receiving yards (11.8 ypr. avg.) and 3 touchdown receptions during 10 games for the Tigers in 2020.
10. Anthony Schwartz, Auburn, wide receiver
Freakiest attribute: World-class speed
The fastest man in college football. The 6-0, 180-pound junior has the track credentials to back it up, too. In 2017, he set a world youth record with a 10.15 100 meters in the Florida Relays, and he also won the Florida Class 2A 100m (10.07) and 200m (20.41) titles in record times. His ability to accelerate for such a length of time and distance wows coaches.
Schwartz is usually tied up with track competitions away from the football season, but he was able to train with the football strength and conditioning program for an extended time this off-season and has increased his vertical jump three inches. On the field, Schwartz has been a playmaker for the Tigers, catching 41 passes in 2019. He displayed his world-class wheels when he outran Texas A&M’s defense on a 57-yard touchdown rush on the opening drive of their road win. He averaged 10.7 yards per carry on 11 rushes last season, with two going for touchdowns.
Here’s what else they’re saying on Schwartz:
Schwartz is such a fun player with the ball in his hands. pic.twitter.com/16jnVBBnX7— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) February 28, 2021
Most catches with 10+ yards after the catch:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 14, 2021
1. DeVonta Smith, Bama: 39
2. Amari Rodgers, Clemson: 26
3. Anthony Schwartz, Auburn:21
4. Kadarius Toney, UF: 20 pic.twitter.com/SCAuUKxozX
Anthony Schwartz is FAST— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) June 25, 2020
Would you take him in a race against Tyreek Hill?pic.twitter.com/K9zOeWZuKr
Power 5 leaders in YAC/reception in 2020:— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) February 25, 2021
9.0 — Anthony Schwartz, Auburn
8.2 — Devonta Smith, Alabama
8.0 — Amari Rodgers, Clemson ‼️pic.twitter.com/H9DvjYBzlR
Auburn's Anthony Schwartz was a yards after the catch MASTER last season. pic.twitter.com/YQfbhJPwGN— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) August 14, 2019
Anthony Schwartz will have a virtual meeting with the Steelers per @JustinM_NFL.— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) February 28, 2021
Phenomenal track athlete who has run a 10.07 100m dash. Dude has the wheels.
Can easily see the fit in a Matt Canada offense on plays like this and as a vertical threat.
SEC WRs with the highest % of open targets last season (min 50 targets):— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) August 26, 2020
1. Eli Stove, Auburn - 70%
2. Anthony Schwartz, Auburn - 66% pic.twitter.com/rOmgoKUFkq
Auburn’s Anthony Schwartz— Chris Mallee (@mallee_chris_24) February 25, 2021
-Fastest 100m sprinter in the world in 2020
-Elite speed, body control, and quickness
-Tough blocker for his size
-“Value Jaylen Waddle” later in the draft pic.twitter.com/T23MGvyDSA
Reminder that Anthony Schwartz is a world class sprinter who made plays like these as a true freshman in 2018 at Auburn... (1/2) pic.twitter.com/hnOlsKukMu— Josh Larky (@jlarkytweets) February 24, 2021
Schwartz was arguably the fastest player in college football this past season, and he recently claimed he could’ve bested former Cincinnati Bengals wideout John Ross’s record-breaking 4.22 forty time in 2017—had there been an NFL Combine this year.
The former track superstar has incredible speed and should be a tremendous deep threat to help stretch the field for his future NFL destination. He should also prove to be a dynamic weapon as it relates to wide receiver screens and reverses—as an NFL team takes advantage of getting the football in his hands (with those kind of wheels), being a threat to take it to the house at any point of a game.
Last season, the Colts offense was significantly hindered by the loss of 2nd-year wideout Parris Campbell to a season-ending injury—as it lacked elite speed and another field stretcher, beyond veteran T.Y. Hilton (who may have lost a half step of speed in his early 30’s) and suffered from extra attention in coverage.
There’s no secret too that new Colts quarterback Carson Wentz excels with receiving options that can go downfield and make a big play.
Schwartz has rare world-class speed and could be a fast, stretch the field wideout prospect for the Colts during ‘Day 3’ of the upcoming NFL Draft.